You announce a price increase, trust thaf your readers' loyalty will survive it, and undertake to "produce the sort of paper which will command" our support.
My support would be less qualified if GEN could be persuaded to avoid abrasive adjectives. I read in Heraldiary of January 24: "and self-righteous cries for the ruthless suppres'sion of dangerous 'ultraprogressives' have been discredited."
My "Pocket Oxford" defines self-righteous as "laying stress on one's own virtue," which rules out .the adjective in this context since it is not personal virtue but orthodoxy which is debated.
If the "ultra-progressives" are a danger to traditional doctrine — and the "ultra-" should not otherwise be appended — it is reasonable to ask that they be handled firmly.
"Ruthless" is another emotive adjective. SS Peter, Paul and John were all outspoken about rejecting false teachers, but I do not see that it made them self-righteous.
If, on the other hand, the UPS are not a menace to basic unity, the cries are unjustified and the criers gravely mistaken — but mistaken, I hope, with the best of intentions.
They could argue, in addition, that they are mistaken in the best of company since the Vicar of Christ has warned the Church again and again about the error into which theologians are falling, and the Commission of Cardinals, which he set up, called for many changes in the Dutch Catechism.
The "criers" are termed by GEN "latter-day inquisitors" which shows a need to be careful with nouns also. St John Fisher, for example, fought Luther vigorously in print, seeing the import of his doctrine, but was among the most balanced of his generation.
Nor are most defenders of traditional doctrine, or wouldbe defenders of it, inquisitors today. They have no need to go heresy-hunting and, if they claim to witness a parade of heretics, their arguments are best given a hearing, not smearing.
, Their hearts may have run away with their heads, but, if the hearts are as loyal to Church, papacy and doctrine, it should give us pause.
(Fr) John McKee "Blairmore," Stanley Close, Cant Icy, Norwich.
GEN informs us in Heraldiary (January 24) that if a "traditionalist" bishop is appointed to a vacant see, he will not only be reactionary but insensitive as well. If, on the other hand, a "progressive" bishop is appointed he can be as insensitive as he likes but let no one complain for fear that his "selfrighteous cries" be interpreted as "ruthless suppression."
So now we know what to expect if the issue of Cardinal Heenan's successor is ever raised in public again.
Incidentally, apart from its value as a slogan, has the word "counter-productive" any meaning? With CounterReformation you at least know where you stand, but with words like "counterproductive" you are in the world of the un-birthday tea party.
D. R. Boyce 38 Greenwood Close,
Shelter hymn contest
My attention has been drawn to the In Brief column of your issue dated January 10 concerning the Hymn and Carol Competition organised by Shelter.
Although I am the Catholic representative on the judge's panel I must point out that this college is a Church of England foundation — not Catholic as stated in your column.
Geoffrey Laycock Principal Lecturer in Music Keswick Hall, College of Education, Norwich.